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    Insourcing Marketing vs. Outsourcing to an Inbound Marketing Agency

    There's a common misconception that hiring an agency to do your marketing is much more expensive than handling it internally.

    The trick about marketing is that it's not one single job that you're paying someone to do. There are many tasks and responsibilities that require a variety of skill sets. The salary of an individual who can do all of those things effectively is much higher than a monthly agency retainer fee. Hands down.

    "Marketing" is one word that encompasses a lot of components and gears and creative production. You may decide to outsource some of those pieces, while taking care of others in-house. So, the real question you want to ask yourself is: What parts of my inbound marketing strategy do I need to outsource, and which can I do internally?

    For some of our clients, they can't do anything internally. Whether it's a matter of time, resources, or ability, they're simply unable to take care of their marketing strategies on their own.

    Other clients have some experience with different aspects of marketing, plus a little extra time to churn those bits out. They take care of those pieces, and we handle the unfamiliar territory.

    So, what are the different pieces that need work? How do you know if you can handle them yourself, or if you should hire an expert? Let's take a look.

    Topics: SEO Social Media Strategy CTA Mobile B2B Analytics Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Statistics Inbound Sales Keyword Research

    Inbound vs Outbound Traditional Marketing: Value Comparison

    Large investments typically cause sticker shock. We get it. We hate sticker shock too. But if you make a smart investment, it really ends up paying for itself. 

    Topics: Social Media Strategy CTA Mobile B2B Inbound Marketing Lead Generation Inbound Marketing Services Statistics Inbound Sales HubSpot

    A Beginner's Guide to B2B Social Media Advertising Tips

    For many businesses, getting noticed on social media and in Google search results can be a challenge. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and LinkedIn all have at least one thing in common -- they help extend your company’s reach (regardless of your industry). It helps to have a large following, but if you don’t there’s a great way to reach a large group of people.

    Understanding how to properly use paid advertising, in combination with effective social media practices, will put your business on track to being noticed. 

    Topics: Social Media B2B Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Inbound Marketing Services Inbound Sales Advertising B2B Marketing

    Whale Watching Ep. 1 -- Inbound Marketing Goal Setting

    As we finally have the opportunity to throw our 2020 calendars directly into the trash, it’s time to begin putting a focus on what’s next. And if you’re a B2B company preparing for another year of unpredictability, it’s important to put an emphasis on marketing.

    Topics: Strategy B2B Inbound Marketing Inbound Sales Whale Watching

    9 B2B Email Marketing Tips to Help You Stand Out


    Ray
    Tomlinson sent the first networked email in 1971. Back then, an email was a way to copy a file to another user’s file directory.

    Email has evolved a lot since 1971, and email marketing has evolved right along with it. Because of smartphones and tablets, we have access to emails 24/7. And with more than 293.6 billion emails sent daily, you don’t want yours to get lost in the shuffle.

    Topics: SEO Social Media Strategy Email Marketing Mobile B2B Twitter Inbound Marketing Services Statistics Inbound Sales Inbound Linking Search Engines LinkedIn Keyword Research

    Why Mobile Marketing Matters for Email Marketing Campaigns


    Why does mobile matter for your email marketing efforts?

    According to OptInMonster, 78% of smartphone users check email on their phones

    However, only 12% of email campaigns use responsive design. Not using responsive designs for email campaigns is doing yourself and your business a disservice. Responsive design mobile marketing emails generate 24% more clicks.

    What does it mean when nobody is optimizing their online efforts? It means there's an opportunity for you to outshine your competitors. You could follow the crowd and lag behind technology... or, you could blaze ahead and set the bar for your competitors and customers.

    44.87% of the world's population owns a smartphone. Make your email campaigns responsive now to stay in front of tomorrow's prospects. 

    Topics: Usability Social Media Strategy Lead Nurturing Design CTA Email Marketing Mobile B2B Inbound Marketing Services Brand Awareness Statistics Search Engines pillar pages B2C Keyword Research

    6 SEO Copywriting Secrets from Professional Content Writers

    So you want to be a professional content writer. (Or maybe not, but your boss is making you do it anyway.) The only true way to become a decent writer is to practice, practice, practice. But you can't ask your boss, or team, or entire company to wait around while you do grammar exercises.

    What can you do, starting now, to ensure your copy is up to snuff?

    Topics: SEO Strategy CTA Content Marketing Analytics Inbound Marketing Services leads Inbound Sales Inbound Linking Google Ads Search Engines digital marketing Keyword Research

    Achieve B2B Sales Goals With Content Marketing


    Content marketing creates and distributes valuable, relevant, and consistent content that your customers will enjoy and learn from. It reaches potential customers and builds awareness of your current offerings.

    How do you know if you’re reaching potential customers and building awareness of your current offers? By setting and analyzing goals.

    Content marketing must have clearly outlined and measurable goals in order to produce ROI. ROI is your business's return on investment. Don’t create content for the sake of creating content - that’s a waste of your time and resources.

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    Topics: SEO Social Media B2B Content Marketing Blogging Lead Generation Inbound Marketing Services Inbound Sales Advertising online marketing plan B2B Marketing digital marketing A/B Testing

    The 10 Step Guide to Increasing Brand Awareness with Social Media

    We love social media here. It’s so … so … multifaceted. Where else can you see industry trends, baby pictures, live news, “fake” news, and relationship drama all in one place?

    Topics: Social Media Brand Awareness

    A/B Testing for Inbound Marketing Basics and Strategies

    In simple terms, an A/B test compares two versions of a web page to see which one performs better. (Let’s call them version A and version B.) The tester shows the experiment to users at random. The tester then uses statistical analysis to determine which version performed better. A/B testing can be incredibly helpful when improving your inbound marketing strategy.

    Topics: SEO B2B Analytics Inbound Marketing Services Lead Flows Search Engines A/B Testing